The Paducah Sun
The Paducah Sun
Sunday, October 08, 2000
Paducah, Kentucky

Letters
Government should pay for tests on people who live near plant


EDITOR:

We have been hearing a lot about the pollution problems concerning the Paducah "atomic" plant, as it was called a time ago.

Obviously, these problems do not impact only upon the employees of the plant. The plant's fallout is on all who live downwind from it. The whole area around the plant is downwind due to the ever-changing wind currents and, therefore, its residents must be taken into consideration. Any culpability for the unfortunate consequences of this fallout would be due to the Cold War, or our reaction to Stalin's communist system of government.

As I see it, the only way to ascertain the effect upon the unfortunate residents in this ever-widening area is to do a mandatory clinical test upon the area's inhabitants.

Since the plant is a government facility, the taxpayers must bear the burden of the cost of this program. This would be from the DOE (Department of Energy) budget, under Bill Richardson at this time.

As a taxpayer, I am willing to have my taxes used for this humanitarian program: To do a clinical test on the ones in the area and to treat them for any negative health consequences. The media, such as The Paducah Sun and the television news outlets, have given us an idea of the cancers, along with other debilitating health consequences, which may be found in those inhabitants.

HAROLD L. CARTER

Smithland